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Old 30.06.2007, 18:00   #1
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
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THEORIES
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According to one theory, there are no good men and bad men; there are only situations that bring forth the best and the worst in us. If true then both saints and sinner, victims and victimizers, might as well be morally interchangeable by-products of blind forces beyond their control.
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According to another theory, we are responsible for all our decisions and actions. Circumstances do not determine our actions, and by extension our character, but our choices do. Does that mean victims and victimizers, top dogs and underdogs, choose to be what they are?
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The problem with theories of human conduct, or for that matter, belief systems, views, perspectives, and opinions is that at best they can be only partly true. Perhaps our choice is not between true or false, or black and white, but between shades of gray. Perhaps when we think we are with the angels, we should take a closer look to make sure they are not devils in disguise.
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Overheard: “Armenians and Turks, Turks and Armenians: man, I am telling you, I am getting tired of this sh**!” This offhand remark may suggest that our choice may not always be between shades of gray, but between shades of brown.
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Please note that it is not my intention here to minimize the seriousness of the Crime and to question the innocence of the victims, but rather to expose the hypocrisy of leaders and self-appointed phony pundits on both sides that have degraded a tragedy to an endless game of political football.
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Friday, June 29, 2007
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NOTES AND COMMENTS
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Gide says somewhere there are two kinds of writers, those who fight injustice and those who ennoble the soul. What he doesn’t say is that it takes a noble soul to fight injustice when fighting it may well be against his own interests.
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There are readers so programmed to contradict me that even if I were to say something with which they are in complete agreement they will contradict me not because they disagree with it but because it is I who say it.
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Whenever I insult a reader I acquire an enemy for life as well as a faithful reader.
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What is said about a writer when he is alive is irrelevant. What matters is what will be said about him fifty years after he dies.
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
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WHAT’S TO BE DONE?
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If so far we have failed to develop a consensus among ourselves, how can we ever hope to reach a consensus with the Turks? – Unless of course we eliminate from the process all defenders of the faith who confuse ideology with theology and tend to view moral issues in terms of black and white as opposed to shades of gray or brown.
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MEMO TO OUR TURCOCENTRIC PUNDITS
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If your aim is to reach an agreement with the Turks, admit failure and abdicate your self-appointed position as representatives of the nation.
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ON RECONSIDERATION
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What are the chances that these charlatans will see the light and shut up? My guess is, none! These gentlemen are not in the habit of admitting failure or defeat. To them all defeats are moral victories and the Genocide is still another proof of our superior morality and their bloodthirsty Asiatic barbarism. Those who see the best in themselves will invariably see the worst in others.
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Old 30.06.2007, 18:01   #2
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Originally Posted by arabaliozian
Thursday, June 28, 2007
***************************************
THEORIES
**************************
According to one theory, there are no good men and bad men; there are only situations that bring forth the best and the worst in us. If true then both saints and sinner, victims and victimizers, might as well be morally interchangeable by-products of blind forces beyond their control.
*
According to another theory, we are responsible for all our decisions and actions. Circumstances do not determine our actions, and by extension our character, but our choices do. Does that mean victims and victimizers, top dogs and underdogs, choose to be what they are?
*
The problem with theories of human conduct, or for that matter, belief systems, views, perspectives, and opinions is that at best they can be only partly true. Perhaps our choice is not between true or false, or black and white, but between shades of gray. Perhaps when we think we are with the angels, we should take a closer look to make sure they are not devils in disguise.
*
Overheard: “Armenians and Turks, Turks and Armenians: man, I am telling you, I am getting tired of this sh**!” This offhand remark may suggest that our choice may not always be between shades of gray, but between shades of brown.
*
Please note that it is not my intention here to minimize the seriousness of the Crime and to question the innocence of the victims, but rather to expose the hypocrisy of leaders and self-appointed phony pundits on both sides that have degraded a tragedy to an endless game of political football.
#
Friday, June 29, 2007
*********************************************
NOTES AND COMMENTS
************************************
Gide says somewhere there are two kinds of writers, those who fight injustice and those who ennoble the soul. What he doesn’t say is that it takes a noble soul to fight injustice when fighting it may well be against his own interests.
*
There are readers so programmed to contradict me that even if I were to say something with which they are in complete agreement they will contradict me not because they disagree with it but because it is I who say it.
*
Whenever I insult a reader I acquire an enemy for life as well as a faithful reader.
*
What is said about a writer when he is alive is irrelevant. What matters is what will be said about him fifty years after he dies.
#
Saturday, June 30, 2007
****************************************
WHAT’S TO BE DONE?
**************************************
If so far we have failed to develop a consensus among ourselves, how can we ever hope to reach a consensus with the Turks? – Unless of course we eliminate from the process all defenders of the faith who confuse ideology with theology and tend to view moral issues in terms of black and white as opposed to shades of gray or brown.
*
MEMO TO OUR TURCOCENTRIC PUNDITS
*************************************************
If your aim is to reach an agreement with the Turks, admit failure and abdicate your self-appointed position as representatives of the nation.
*
ON RECONSIDERATION
******************************
What are the chances that these charlatans will see the light and shut up? My guess is, none! These gentlemen are not in the habit of admitting failure or defeat. To them all defeats are moral victories and the Genocide is still another proof of our superior morality and their bloodthirsty Asiatic barbarism. Those who see the best in themselves will invariably see the worst in others.
#
I think there might be a few exception.So if not both saints and sinner victims and victimizers might as well be morally interchangeable by-products of blind forces beyond their control, then not true.I think there might be a few exception.I have no idea what to say.I think it does mean that. Good example.I think *The problem with theories of human conduct or for that matter belief systems views perspectives and opinions is a lot of things.
You seem uncertain. It would be nice if our choice is not between true or false or black and white but between shades of gray.You seem uncertain. I am not sure I agree with your assumptions, .What do you look like?
Who is your favorite Science Fiction author?
What is *Please note that it?
All of them?That's not something I get asked all the time.

I get it.
doesn’t say is that it takes a noble soul to fight injustice when fighting it may well be against his own interests.Are all *There readers so programmed to contradict him or her that even if he or she were to say something with which they are in complete agreement they will contradict him or her not because they disagree with it but because it is he or she who say it?""? *Whenever he or she insult a reader he or she acquire an enemy for life as well as a faithful reader?
And said about a writer when he is alive is irrelevant is *What.
Are you using Netscape or Explorer?

And what will be said about him fifty years after he dies is matters.
Ask me another question.
The ALICE chat robot can follow many things, like our discussion about #Saturday June 30 2007**************************************** WHAT’S TO BE DONE. But I did not get that.
Does "it" still refer to ************************************** If so far we have failed to develop a consensus among ourselves how can we ever hope to reach a consensus with the Turks?
And to reach an agreement with the Turks admit failure and abdicate your self-appointed position as representatives of the nation is *MEMO TO OUR TURCOCENTRIC PUNDITS************************************************* If your aim.
Are all *ON RECONSIDERATION****************************** What the chances that these charlatans will see the light and shut up?Your
guess is none?Which ones?Interesting. I want to find out more about you.All of them?In the context of *ON RECONSIDERATION****************************** What, I don't understand "#."
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